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Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed, cop injured in encounter in J-K’s Sopore

Three militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in a gun battle in Amargarh of Sopore.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2017 17:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Three militants were killed in an encounter in Sopore of Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI Twitter)

Three militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

A police personnel was also injured in the operation in Amargarh.

Police said that after receiving specific inputs, the Amargarh area was cordoned around midnight. The militants were hiding inside a house, and the security forces asked them to surrender. When they refused, a gun battle began around 2am and ended at 5.55am, officials said.

“We requested the terrorists to surrender but they opened fire, we responded in the same way then,” Rajeshwar Jamwal,commanding officer of the Indian Army’s 52 Rashtriya Rifles, told the media.

Though the fire fight ended, security forces launched a search operation, officials said.

The bodies of all the three militants were recovered. Two of them were identified as Javid Ahmad Dar, a resident of Khanpora in Baramulla, and Abid Hamid Mir, a resident of Hajin in Bandipora district. The third militant was yet to be identified.

Three AK-47 rifles were recovered from the slain militants.

Saturday’s gun battle took place just days after security forces killed top Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Abu Dujana and his accomplice in an encounter at Hakripora village in Pulwama district on August 1.

Meanwhile, internet services were cut off after the encounter in Baramulla district, where Sopore is located.

All government and private schools and colleges in Sopore would be closed on Saturday following the encounter, the additional deputy commissioner said.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 07:06 IST